Are You in the House?
Pastor Steve Ellison
The children of Israel spent more than four centuries in Egypt. During most of that period, they were enslaved. The first section of the book of Exodus is a description of God responding to the despondent cries of His people. God raised up Moses as His messenger. Through Moses, God saved His Old Testament people through a tremendous display of mighty power and sacrificial blood. The display of power came in the form of ten plagues that fell on the Egyptians. These plagues were designed to show Jehovah’s absolute power over all of the Egyptian gods. Exodus 10:21-23 makes an interesting comment in regard to the next to last plague, “21 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt." 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. 23 They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings.”(NASU)
In the United States, we seem to no longer recognize the importance of having strong family units. We are reaping the results of decades of indifference as well as outright attack on the family. The breakdown of the family unit is having and will continue to have dire consequences for our society and our churches. Both the Old and New Testaments emphasize the importance of the family and the religious congregation. Exodus 10:21 says the plague of darkness brought a darkness that could be felt. That is dark indeed. Verse 23 says that there was light in the dwellings of the sons of Israel. That is a marvelous thing; darkness was all around but not in the homes of the people of God. Christians need to come back to a proper understanding of the importance of the family and the religious congregation. Surely, a relationship with God is an individual thing. Certainly, no person is saved or lost based on another person’s relationship with God. However, we should be mindful of the emphasis the Bible places on the family and the congregation. We ought to value and take full advantage of the light found in Christian homes.
In the story of the final plague, there is another reference to the home. This is a warning that it is an individual decision to become part of the congregation. Exodus 12:13, 22 indicate that the sacrificial blood necessary to be saved from the final plague (death) would only be effective for those children of Israel who stayed on the correct side of the blood, inside the house. Let’s recap the situation. The children of Israel were in bondage to Egypt. The sacrifice was made and the blood was applied to the doorjamb. Salvation was free and available. That left only a choice to be made. The individual simply made a decision to remain in the house under the blood. The situation remains the same today. Humans are enslaved, in bondage to sin. Christ has sacrificed Himself. His blood is free and available. All that is left is a choice to be made by individuals concerning whether or not to come into the house under the blood. The question must be answered personally by every person: Are you in the Household of God? .……..…..firstname.lastname@example.org